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THE CHOSEN


THE CHOSEN

A MOVING FAMILY DRAMA
Adapted by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok from the novel by Chaim Potok
Directed by Gordon Edelstein

NOV 22 – DEC 17, 2017

RUN TIME: 2 hrs (including a 15 min. intermission)

Brilliant young men from rival yeshivas, Reuven and Danny first meet on a baseball diamond. When Danny fells Reuven with a line drive in the heat of competition, the two boys start a tentative and unique friendship. Growing up in the shadows of imposing and impressive fathers, the young men question their places in the world. Set against the backdrop of 1940s Brooklyn and the specter of war, Posner’s adaptation of Chaim Potok’s award-winning novel is a story of fathers and sons, tradition, modernity, and the difficult choices one must make to achieve understanding.

CAST


BEN EDELMAN
Danny Saunders
GEORGE GUIDALL
Reb Saunders
STEVEN SKYBELL
David Malter
MAX WOLKOWITZ
Reuven Malter

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CREATIVE TEAM


SET DESIGN:  Eugene Lee
COSTUME DESIGN:  Paloma Young
LIGHTING DESIGN:  Mark Barton
ORIGINAL MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN:  John Gromada

 

Collaborating SponsorCommunity Partner
Jewish Federation & Foundation
of Greater New Haven 

 

 

THE CHOSEN CAST


BEN EDELMAN (Danny Saunders) Long Wharf Theatre Debut. Broadway: Significant Other (u/s Jordan). Television: “Braindead,” “The Good Wife,” “Instinct.” Film: Dot (Cannes Short Film Corner). As actor and co-writer: Samantha Moonley’s Greatest Feeling (Centerpiece Award, NFFTY), Milkman (Centerpiece Award, NFFTY). Co-producing two upcoming documentaries: Memphis, a cerebral palsy love story, and Buckets, following the rise and fall of the inventor of bucket drumming. Founder of The Commonground NYC, a speed-networking service for artists across disciplines, www.thecommonground.nyc . David Vadim, AC Management, and Innovative. BFA: Carnegie Mellon University. Love to Merissa, family, and friends. www.blpedelman.com

GEORGE GUIDALL (Reb Saunders) Broadway, Off-Broadway (Obie Award), and Television. Mr. Guidall was recently dubbed the “undisputed king of audiobooks” by the New York Times; awarded a life-time achievement award by the Audiobook Publishers Association for his record of over 1350 narrations, his recordings of Don Quixote, Crime and Punishment, Les Miserables, as well as many best sellers have set a standard for excellence recognized throughout the audiobook industry. He is grateful to Gordon Edelstein, Artistic Director, for bringing him back to Long Wharf Theatre since his last appearance here in Tom Stoppard’s Dalliance in 1987. Mr Guidall has been presenting his program, The Art and Artifice of Audiobook Narration, to libraries across the country.

MAX WOLKOWITZ (Reuven Malter) is thrilled to be making his Long Wharf Theatre debut! N.Y./Regional: Assisted Loving (Capital Rep); Love, Sex & Death in the Amazon (Collider Theater); My Name Is Asher Lev (Penguin Rep); Ivanov (Trinity Rep); Indian Summer (Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep); The 25th…Spelling Bee (The Secret Theatre). Brown/Trinity: In The Next Room (Dr. Givings); The Tooth of Crime (Crow); Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew); Much Ado About Nothing (Borachio); In The Blood (Trouble/Doctor). WISE Foundation Emerging Artist of the Year Award 2015. BA: Bennington. MFA: Brown/Trinity. Member of The Actors Center.

STEVEN SKYBELL (David Malter) Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof; Pal Joey; Wicked; The Full Monty; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Café Crown; Ah, Wilderness!. Off-Broadway: Cymbeline (Delacorte/Public Theatre), Tamburlaine (TFANA), Antigone in New York (Obie Award, Vineyard Theatre), The Lesson (Atlantic Theatre), What Didn’t Happen (Playwrights Horizons). Other: The Merchant of Venice (Peaks Performances Series), Camelot (Arena Stage, Helen Hayes nomination)  Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass (Westport, Connecticut Critics Circle nomination), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Yale Rep, Connecticut Critics Circle nomination), Henry V (Shakespeare’s Globe, London). TV/Film: “Blue Bloods,” “Chicago PD,” “666 Park Avenue,” “Law and Order,” “Sex and The City,” Garden Dayze, Simply Irresistible, Cradle Will Rock, Tom and Francie. Faculty: Yale School of Drama, NYU Tisch Grad Acting, Fordham.